A September 6, 2022 PITTSBURGH INDEPENDENT story, Shell Oil gaslights over public health concerns: “We don’t have an impact” reports on the latest virtual community meeting held by Shell on their Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex, which is due to begin plastic production along the Ohio River in Monaca, Pennsylvania any day now.
Investigative reporter Brian Conway writes:
“The plant is the region’s first and there are plans for more. On some nights in recent weeks, there’s been speculation online regarding an orange glow around the facility caused by ground flares reflecting off of fog. The flares are used to burn off excess gas and volatile organic chemicals. In Louisiana, where there’s a cluster of these cracker plants, the predominantly Black and low-income communities that surround them have elevated cancer rates and are known by the nickname “cancer alley.”
“We don’t have an impact.”Shell environmental and regulatory lead Kimberly Kaal, when asked during a community meeting about the dangers of living near the plant
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League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Shale & Public Health Conference on Nov. 18, 2015
“The harm is considerable. People exposed to the emissions and pollution will get sick, because that’s what happens to people who live near petrochemical facilities like cracker plants!”Edward C. Ketyer, M.D., President of Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania
“It is entirely conceivable that under inversion conditions, elevated cancer risk exposures could extend to the river valley communities of Vanport, Beaver, and also Monaca, Rochester, and New Brighton.”Matt Mehalik, Ph.D., executive director of Western Pennsylvania’s Breathe Project
“Even if they stay below the applicable standards, this does not mean there will not be tragic health consequences, and this is especially true for our children who are more vulnerable to pollutants.”Rachel Meyer, of Moms Clean Air Force
Read Brian Conway’s full story in the PITTSBURGH INDEPENDENT here.
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